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Henry James and the Art of Impressions

John Scholar

Abstract

Henry James and the Art of Impressions examines the concept of the ‘impression’ in the essays and late novels of Henry James. Although Henry James criticized the impressionism which was revolutionizing French painting and French fiction, and satirized the British aesthetic movement which championed impressionist criticism, he placed the impression at the heart of his own aesthetic project, as well as his narrative representation of consciousness. This book tries to understand the anomaly that James represents in the wider history of the impression. To do this it charts an intellectual and cult ... More

Keywords: Henry James—criticism and interpretation, William James—criticism and interpretation, Walter Pater—criticism and interpretation, impressionism in literature, impressionism in painting, performativity in literature, empiricism and literature, phenomenology and literature, aestheticism/British fin de siècle, narrative theory and form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198853510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198853510.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Scholar, author
Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading

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